Early Childhood Programs

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Storytimes last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Session: January 9—March 17

Spring Session: April 3—May 5

Please note: There will be no Rhymetime on Friday, March 10, as the Library will be closed for Staff Institute Day.

Babytime (Ages 0-24 months): Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime (Ages 18 months and up): Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 and up): Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story.

More Early Childhood Events

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime
    When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Light up the night with glowing stories, songs, and games. Ages 3+.
  • Fun with Math!
    When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Don't think math and fun go together? Think again! Play games, explore symmetry, and more as you learn how to engage your kids in mathematical exploration. Ages 3 to 6 with an adult.
  • Italian Storytime
    When: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join Insieme a Chicago for an Italian-language storytime and craft. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Siblings welcome. Registration starts March 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 20 for nonresidents.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 and up.
  • Día de los Niños Storytime
    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join Wilmette Language Stars staff for stories and songs in Spanish in celebration of Día de los Niños, Children's Day. Ages 2-5.

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